This is a question about estimating incoming and outgoing movements of population. I have data on enrollment at a small college in 2009 and 2010, and also the information on student-years enrolled before students drop out of the college ($_nL_x$). Each year 400 freshman enroll. What is the number of net transfers (incoming minus outgoing) between 2009 and 2010?

2009 2010 $_nL_x$
Freshman 400 400 99
Sophomore 350 389 90
Junior 300 420 80
Senior 300 350 78
Higher 300 300 77

Basically, I have to estimate the “extra” population observed during 2010 that doesn’t come from enrollment (births) or mortality (drop-outs). That is, to project the 2009 population assuming that is closed to migration. Just looking at the table one can see that the population is growing due to transfers (mortality and births are constant).

First, I estimate the survival ratios:

Second, I define the matrix to do the projection:

The result is not exactly a Leslie matrix because I don’t have fertility rates in the first row.

Finally, I can project forward:

The number of net transfers would be the differences between the observed population in 2010, and the 2010 projected population assuming that it is closed to migration (no transfers).

This was an example of the forward survival method to estimate migration.